Annie Cohen-Solal

Annie Cohen-Solal is the author of several books pertaining to culture and those who have played a role in forming it. Currently a professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and Research Fellow at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Cohen-Solal came to New York as the Cultural Counselor to the French Embassy in the United States after her biography on the French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, Sartre: A Life, became an international best seller. An encounter with Leo Castelli prompted Cohen-Solal to shift her interest to the art world, resulting in Leo Castelli et Les Siens  (Gallimard, Paris), a critically acclaimed book that went on to win the Artcurial Prize for contemporary books. The American version, Leo and His Circle was published in May 2010. The “acknowledged dean of contemporary art dealers,” as Castelli has been termed, and the author’s experiences that led to Leo & His Circle are the subject of this Tuesday Evening presentation.